Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dollar Store Arrangement

Today, I worked on making a light box for taking better photos. In the process, I had to test out lots of photos, readjust settings, and photograph various items.

I came up with this arrangement during one of the "photo shoots", and just love it! I have to find space for it somewhere, now!


Of the items pictured, only 1 was bought at Goodwill- the little sundae dish that the candle is in. The rest is all Dollar Tree.
Total spent:
Plate- the most gorgeous shade of Robin's Egg blue, $1
Plate Stand- $1
Blue Bird- $1
Candle- $1 (very complimentary color to the plate, but I don't like the smell so much)
River Rocks (hidden in with the candle) $1
Moss- $1
Daffodils- $1
Tall vase/candle/thingy- $2 ($1 for the candle stick, $1 for the candle holder turned vase thingy)

Ok, I lied- the eggs were from Hobby Lobby, and were cheaper than $1.

But, this arrangement can be easily made with items on hand. I had picked up the plate to make a cake stand. I can see now, though, that I'll be needing another plate for that. The sundae dish I've had kicking around for a while, waiting for a purpose.

The bird I bought, cause, well, it's cute. And already distressed. And it fits that whole Pottery Barn feel of my Easter decor this year. The candle was bought at the same time as both the plate and the birdie. The plate stand I've had for a while, though I never used it for the reason I bought it. It works great for displays, though.

The daffodils were bought to make a wreath, and a few got put in with the vase. The eggs were bought for the vases, as was the moss.
I do feel I must find a place for this whole arrangement for Easter, though. Somewhere that neither cat nor kid will knock it all over and break it. Like Mars. Or possibly Jupiter. Cause, ain't no place in my house where said cats and said kids won't knock it over. 

Another arrangement from earlier. I loved it- till I made the one above. I prefer the one above.


Kim said...

I saw that little bird the other day and didn't buy it :(. Tell us about the light box!

the thrifty ba said...

oh im so getting that bird!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

I'm planning a whole post around the success (and more importantly- fail) of the light box, Never fear, I won't leave you hanging!

Isn't that little bird just the cutest? They had others, but I loved the blue.

Jeanette said...

I bought those plates at the dollar store and they are just such a lovely color. I saw that bird the other day, why didn't I get it?

kibbygirl said...

The arrangement looks so sweet and spring-like! The bird is my favorite. I am going to need to find me one of those!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

I just fell in love with the color of those plates. It's such a soothing shade of blue, and perfect for Spring!

Katie said...

So your frugal side might appreciate the display for my jewelry I made. I used the old wood that we replaced on our exterior windows and an old curtain among other things. I might post about that. Its great to find gals who love to reuse things and buy frugally. So much more fun I think. :)

TheGreeningGirl said...

Looking forward to hearing about the light box!

anne said...

I was just at dollar tree today and will have to go back to get a bird. I need one for my easter display. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ross n Jen said...

Anyone have any info as to which Dollar Tree store carries them? I want some! : )

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

Ross n Jen- I've seen them at several different DT's. If the one nearest to you doesn't have them, and there are others close by, check around. It's always hard to predict what stores will get in.

My small town has one of the biggest DT's in the state (I know as of 2 years ago, it was THE biggest, but who knows now with new stores opening), and I still miss out on some of the cool finds that our store just never seems to get in. :(

JHill said...

Ooh. I want to make one of those light boxes too, I just don't know where I will keep it when I am not using it. Did you go out and buy the special light bulb too?

Carol said...

I love your arrangement! I bought the same little birds! I was going to try making a nest today.

Tausha said...

Looks awesome! I am with you on that blue plate color. Gorgeous!
So-I want to know how to make a light box so I can take better pics. Please share that info!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That looks like it should be from a magazine! beautiful!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

Thank you so much!!

Heather - said...

It looks awesome! I want to know more about your light box - write up a post if you haven't already (if you have, my apologies, I'm behind on my blog reading!) - I have a light box-along going on at CROQ right now!

I am supposed to be building a light box right now!

Barbara Jean said...

all so sweet!
Great colors and arrangement.



barbara jean